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Humpty Dumpty to star in Law Week Open Day on Saturday

If only Humpty had worn a safety harness, or used a scaffold with edge protection.

Then he wouldn’t have found himself the subject of a mock trial in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Saturday (May 21).

An injured Humpty will appear as the plaintiff while his employer will be the defendant, charged with proving he was not negligent when he allowed Humpty to sit on a wall during working hours, with disastrous results.

Evidence will be given that his boss failed to do a risk assessment; no safety system was in place; and Humpty was not sufficiently trained in his job – which involved wall sitting.

But to find out the result of the trial you will have to be in courtroom 17, level four of the Brisbane Magistrates Court from 12.15pm to 12.45pm on Saturday.

The mock trial, performed by Bond University law students in conjunction with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland, is part of the finale of this year’s Law Week – an Open Day at the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

Bond University Assistant Professor of Law Louise Parsons said student volunteers had drafted the script of the Humpty Dumpty trial, and would appear in costume.

“It’s a fun thing but we follow proper court procedures, and the underlying legal and workplace, health and safety principles apply,” Assistant Professor Parsons said.

“The public gets to see a court in action and we showcase the importance of workplace health and safety.”

The Brisbane Magistrates Court Open Day, at 363 George Street, on Saturday, May 21 will include free entertainment and advice:

  • 10.00-2.00 Will consultations
  • 10.00-2.00 Kids Space with face painting, craft and balloons
  • 10:15-2.00 Guided courthouse tours
  • 10:15-10:45 QUT mock trial of Hansel and Gretel
  • 10:45-11:15 Renting? Know your rights!
  • 10:45-11:00 What did you say in court?
  • 11.00- Murri Court.
  • 11.00-11.30 USQ mock trial of Ned Kelly
  • 11:30-12:15 QUT and how to catch a criminal
  • 11:45-12:15 Property law
  • 12:15-12:45 Bond Uni/Workplace Health and Safety mock trial of Humpty Dumpty
  • 12:30-1.00 Family law
  • 12:45-1:45 Neighbourhood mock mediation about noise
  • 1.00-1.30 Sentencing Advisory Council
  • 1:00-1:30 University of Queensland pro bono centre
  • 1:30-2.00 Bond University mock trial of Snow White
  • 1.30-2.00 Know your consumer rights
  • 2:00-2:30 Privacy rights with the Information Commission

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Media please note: Filming and photography is not permitted inside the Brisbane Magistrates Court for security reasons.

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Last reviewed
19 May 2011
Last updated
5 November 2015
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